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Speldhurst
 

Speldhurst, St Mary the Virgin


Photo: Dickon Love, 13th Jul 2005

Details of the Bells

Bell Weight
(most recent)
Weight
(As recorded by G&J dispatched 1933)
Weight
(Prior to 1933 (Whitechapel archives))
Diameter Note Date Founder Retuned
Hung Dead 4-1-20not recorded4-1-2025¾" G♯ 1920 Mears & Stainbank, Whitechapel Never
Treble 4¼ approx.4-1-194-2-2426⅝" F♯ 1887 Mears & Stainbank, Whitechapel 1933 Gillett & Johnston
2 4½ cwt approx.4-2-204-3-1127⅜" E♯ 1887 Mears & Stainbank, Whitechapel 1933 Gillett & Johnston
3 5 cwt approx.5-0-115-0-2529½" D♯ 1849 Charles & George Mears, Whitechapel 1933 Gillett & Johnston
4 6¼ cwt approx.6-1-166-0-331½" C♯ 1849 Charles & George Mears, Whitechapel 1933 Gillett & Johnston
5 6½ cwt approx.6-2-196-0-1633½" B 1849 Charles & George Mears, Whitechapel 1933 Gillett & Johnston
6 6¾ cwt approx.not recorded6-3-1034" A♯ 1849 Charles & George Mears, Whitechapel Never
7 10-1-1810-1-89-2-038" G♯ 1933 Gillett & Johnston, Croydon Never
Tenor 13 cwt approx.not recorded13-1-2642" F♯ 1849 Charles & George Mears, Whitechapel Never

Inscriptions

Prior to 1933.

Bell Weight
(most recent)
Diameter Note Date Founder Retuned Fate
7th (of 8)9-2-01849Charles & George MearsNever

History

1791 Church set on fire by lightning, melting the 4 bells. [1]
1812 A bell was cast from the metal of the melted bells byThomas Mears.
1849 5 bells were cast by Charles and George Mears forming bells 1, 2, 3, 4 and 6 around the 1812 bell. The timber frame for six probably dates from this time.
1871 New church completed by J. Oldrid Scott.
1887 2 trebles added by Mears & Stainbank to make 8. The frame was probably adapted at this time to accommodate the trebles.
1914 Bells rehung by Mears & Stainbank.
1920 Sanctus bell cast by Mears & Stainbank and hung for swing chiming in the intermediate chamber. It has often been said that this was intended to be the second of a future 10. Whilst the Editor hasn't pitched this bell, it is something that the local ringers deny.
1931 Bells rehung by Mears & Stainbank.
1933 7th recast and back 6 retuned by Gillett & Johnston. They were dedicated on 7th April.
1974 4th rehung by Whitechapel.
1981 7th rehung by Whitechapel.
1986 The canons from bells 1, 2, 3, 5, 6, 8 were removed and they were rehung by Whitechapel.
[1] Thursday evening the parish church of Speldhurst near Tonbridge, took fire by the lightning which consumed the whole, and melted all the bells. (Kentish Gazette (Friday 28 October 1791))

Recent Peals
The most recent performances, according to BellBoard.
2011-08-205120 Ealing Surprise Major
2006-11-115056 Cambridge Surprise Major
2005-11-125040 Grandsire Triples
1905-01-215184 Kent Treble Bob Major
1904-01-275024 Plain Bob Major
1903-12-025088 Plain Bob Major
1903-09-055088 Kent Treble Bob Major
1903-02-145024 Plain Bob Major
1903-01-245184 Kent Treble Bob Major
1902-12-125040 Grandsire Triples
1902-09-075008 Plain Bob Major
1902-04-255040 Grandsire Triples
1902-04-125040 Grandsire Triples
1901-11-275376 Kent Treble Bob Major
1901-09-065040 Grandsire Triples
1901-08-255056 Kent Treble Bob Major
1899-09-165024 Double Norwich Court Bob Major
1898-12-305024 Kent Treble Bob Major
1898-10-195040 Grandsire Triples
1898-09-045024 Kent Treble Bob Major
1898-02-265184 Kent Treble Bob Major
1898-02-055024 Kent Treble Bob Major
1898-01-265056 Plain Bob Major
1897-12-155024 Kent Treble Bob Major
1897-10-205088 Kent Treble Bob Major
Recent Quarter Peals
The most recent performances, according to BellBoard.
2018-10-061260 Plain Bob Doubles
2018-09-241250 Yorkshire Surprise Major
2018-09-151260 Grandsire Triples
2018-06-181260 Plain Bob Doubles
2018-05-211260 Shifnal Alliance Major
2018-02-041260 Grandsire Triples
2018-01-221260 Plain Bob Doubles
2018-01-071280 Yorkshire Surprise Major
2017-12-111260 Grandsire Triples
2017-12-041312 Spliced Treble Bob Major
2017-12-031344 Plain Bob Major
2017-11-021260 Plain Bob Doubles
2017-10-011260 Grandsire Triples
2017-09-221260 Grandsire Triples
2017-09-091260 Grandsire Triples
2017-09-031260 Grandsire Triples
2017-08-161260 Grandsire Triples
2017-08-061260 Grandsire Triples
2017-07-021260 Grandsire Triples
2017-06-211260 Doubles
2017-06-041280 Plain Bob Major
2017-05-221280 Spliced Surprise Major (4m)
2017-05-131260 Plain Bob Doubles
2017-04-261280 Plain Bob Major
2017-03-051280 Plain Bob Major
Full list of peals here
Full list of quarters here

Love's Guide to the Church Bells of Kent Page updated: 1 April 2016